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Damien Harris doesn’t practice all week due to illness ahead of Week 9 vs. Colts

We break down the news that Damien Harris is dealing with an illness. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as D.J. Reed #4 of the New York Jets defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Friday update: Harris wasn’t practicing on Friday, per Jim McBride. Wiith an illness, there is still a chance he suits up, but he shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups, especially with how Rhamondre Stevenson has taken over a majority of the RB work.

Thursday update: Harris was once again not practicing on Thursday due to an illness. At this point, even if he plays, he could see a reduced workload.

Wednesday PM update: Harris didn’t practice Wednesday and is cited as dealing with an illness on the team’s injury report.

Week 9 of the NFL season has already seen some fireworks as the trade deadline has come and gone. As we get into the games this week, there will be six teams on bye. One of the remaining matchups will see the New England Patriots taking on the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC battle. When the Patriots started practice this week, they did so without running back Damien Harris. He has been banged up this season and is still dealing with an injury that will limit him from starting the week.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Harris has dealt with hamstring issues this season, but it isn’t clear if Wednesday is simply an off day for him or if he tweaked something in last week’s game. While Harris has been limited, we have seen Rhamondre Stevenson take over as the starting running back. In Week 8 against the New York Jets, Stevenson had 16 carries for 71 yards, while Harris had 11 for 37 yards.

The Colts' defense presents a good matchup, so if Harris is active, he does have flex appeal in the game. Stevenson will likely have more usage, but Harris gets enough work that he has value with six teams off this week. His practice participation later this week will be able to give more insight into whether he can suit up Sunday.